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Age Scotland Orkney was awarded £225,000 from the Life Changes Trust and £16,000 from Dementia Friendly Orkney to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, their carers and families through projects which promote health and wellbeing. This includes a Dementia Hub which is a one stop shop where people living with dementia can go for information and advice.

Gillian Skuse, Managing Director of Age Scotland Orkney said: “This is a major step forward and I am thrilled that this innovative project will take place. We have worked in partnership with Dementia Friendly Orkney and Gillian Coghill, NHS Orkney’s Dementia Nurse Specialist to make this happen.”

Anna Buchanan, Director of the Life Changes Trust Dementia Programme said, “We’ve already had great success with our dementia friendly community funding in Scotland and it’s wonderful to welcome a new and vibrant initiative in Orkney. We know that this funding will help Dementia Orkney improve the quality of life for people across the islands. There is already a well-established, solid sense of community in Orkney, and it’s fantastic that it is also becoming dementia friendly.”

Our Post Diagnostic Dementia Support Workers provide person-centred support for those diagnosed with dementia and their family and carers. The offer of support will be given at the point of diagnosis, and our Support Workers will continue to work with the person, their family, and carers for at least twelve months.

Each person with have a named worker who will work with them to understand what is important to that person, so they can help them to continue to live well.

They are able to offer Cognitive Stimulation Therapy to the person with a diagnosis. They are also able to refer to additional services for support, therapy, and information, depending on the needs of the person.

They work to the Five Pillars framework, helping those with a diagnosis of dementia understand their condition and make plans for their future.

Carers Support sessions

We offer carer support sessions at our Age Scotland Facility located at 46 Victoria Street, Kirkwall KW15 1DN. You can bring the person you care for along with you and our fully trained staff will deliver a range of activities whilst you are in the carers meeting. To arrange and time and date please call us on 01856 872438 or email

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